By Eric Steinkopff / Staff Writer
Three more assisted living facility employees were arrested this week, bringing to five the total charged with allegedly abusing or neglecting special needs tenants in and around London.
All five worked at Laurel County-based New Foundations, a former provider of community-based care for the mentally challenged. The business’s certification was revoked by the Cabinet of Health and Family Services in February and it closed in March following allegations of illegal drug use, abuse and neglect.
As a result of a four-month investigation that the State Bureau of Investigation said is ongoing, Latresia Swafford, 44, of 202 Swafford Lane in Girdler; Kimberly Rayborn a.k.a. Rayburn, 40, of Kentucky 92 in Williamsburg; and Steven R. Smith, 31, of Sunny Brook Circle in London, were all arrested and charged with multiple counts of abuse or neglect of a mentally or physically challenged adult under their care while working for New Foundations, according to court documents prepared by KBI special agent John Dudinskie.
Swafford was arrested Tuesday afternoon on eight felony charges of knowingly abusing or neglecting a mentally challenged adult cancer patient by denying pain medicine from August 2006 through March 2007. She was also charged with 16 felony counts of forging medical documents regarding a patient under her care.
Swafford was taken to the Laurel County Detention Facility and was released Wednesday on $20,000 bond.
Rayborn was arrested Wednesday morning on seven felony charges of wanton abuse or neglect of an adult person under her care, and Smith was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with eight felony counts of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult in his care and one felony count of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Rayborn and Smith were being held without bond in the Laurel County Detention Facility at press time.
Other former New Foundations employees arrested include:
Harold Dwayne Hubbard, 23, of Wayne Street in Manchester, who was arrested in May and indicted in June on a felony charge of knowingly abusing or neglecting a vulnerable 29-year-old adult by throwing him to the floor and putting him in a wrestling hold that resulted in pain and injury to the victim, according to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.
Officials said Hubbard’s charges stem from an alleged Feb. 14, 2006 incident at a New Foundations assisted living facility on South Main Street in London and carry a maximum possible punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Rayborn (a.k.a. Rayburn) is listed as a witness in Hubbard’s trial.
Charles Richard Gabbard, 23, of Marlin Road in Manchester, was arrested in April and indicted in May on a felony charge of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult person — a handicapped individual under his care, according to Laurel County court records.
The charges stem from an alleged Aug. 17, 2005 incident during which Gabbard, while an employee at the Bush House run by New Foundations, allegedly tackled a 41-year-old special needs resident of the facility and broke the victim’s left arm, according to a Kentucky Attorney General’s press release.
The AG confirmed New Foundations is the subject of other investigations, but details could not be released.
Anyone with information on incidents of abuse at any adult care facility is asked to call the Medicare Fraud and Abuse Control Unit’s Abuse Tip Line at 877-ABUSE-TIP or 877-228-7384.
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Five New Foundations employees have been charged for abuse of special needs tenants
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